This is getting posted later than usual. I'll fill it out more later on.
You can now listen to this program on the official WBAI Archive.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do, and I've recently updated some of that.
I have also posted a whole lot of the minutes of the Pacifica National Finance Committee on this Web site. I'm a member of that committee because I'm the WBAI LSB Treasurer.
The next WBAI LSB meeting that you can listen to and maybe even participate in will be held on Wednesday July 13, 2022, at 7 PM on ZOOM, even though ZOOM compromises privacy and security. This meeting will be held as a teleconference meeting, as the 37 previous public meetings were because of the pandemic.
The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. We finally got to those really, really important agenda items that some people have been pressing the LSB to deal with. They were not so important seeming when we got to hear what people wanted to say about them.
Before the June 8, meeting I had put out a written Treasurer's Report for all to read.
Some years ago the WBAI LSB voted to hold its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of every month, subject to change by the LSB, so we have the following schedule:
These meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM.
WBAI has a program schedule up on its Web site. The site has gotten many of the individual program pages together to provide links and such, so check it out.
Here is WBAI's current Internet stream. We can no longer tell if the stream is working without testing every possible stream. Good luck.
WBAI is archiving the programs! WBAI has
permanently switched to yet another new archive Web page! This one is more baffling than the previous one. For some time I was unable to post archive blurbs, then I could, and then I couldn't again. You can take a look at it and see if I've been able to post anything on it lately. There are still some limitations, but I am assured that I can plug in the archive blurbs that were lost in the latest
This is a link to the latest version of the official WBAI archive. The archiving software appears to have been at least partially fixed. To get to the archive of this program you can use the usual method: you'll have to click on the drop-down menu, which says
Display, and find Back of the Book on that menu. We're pretty early in the list, so it shouldn't be too difficult. Once you find the program name click
GO and you'll see only this Back of the Book program. Management has fixed some problems that we'd been having with the archives.
For programs before March 23, 2019, we're all out of luck. The changes that took place once WBAI Management took control of the WBAI archives seems to have wiped out all access to anything before that date in March. You'll have to click on the same drop-down menu as above, which says
Display, and find
Specify Date, it's the second choice from the top. You are then given a little pop-up calendar and you can choose the date of the program there. Then click
GO and you'll see a list of programs that aired on that date. For those previous programs you can get the audio, but nothing else, since I can't post anything to those pages anymore. Yeah, it looks like they'll have some alternating program's name prominently there, but if you have the right date it'll be our program. Good luck.
Since the General Manager has banned Sidney Smith from WBAI he's not alternating with us on the air. As of November 2020, Back of the Book airs weekly.
Our friend, fellow WBAI producer and Saddle Pal Uncle Sidney Smith has been banned from WBAI by General Manager Berthold Reimers. The General Manager will not say why. He won't even tell Sidney why he's banned! This is grossly unfair to Sidney and constitutes abuse of Staff. Why did Berthold ban Sidney?
The Christopher Street Liberation Day March is tomorrow. As I said on the last program I am not going to this one. I am still concerned about getting COVID-19. Also I am probably not physically up to it. I haven't had a lot of exercise in the past 27 months. I hope to be in much better shape next year. I had missed only one march before the pandemic hit. That was, ironically, exactly 50 years ago, on June 25, 1972.
I will say again that I think it's wrong of heritage of Pride to ban the Gay Officers Action League from the march.
The Supreme Court finally published its ruling on New York's Sullivan Law that required that anyone who wants to get a concealed carry permit must prove to the state authorities that there is a real need for the person to carry a concealed firearm. Predictably the right-wing dominated Supreme Court ruled that the 111 year old law was unconstitutional. Now we'll have people getting permits to carry concealed guns on the basis of
I want to. So the right wingers on the Supreme Court say that people who want a permit to carry a concealed gun should be able to get one on that basis and not on the basis of the government deciding that they really need one. The opposite of what they did with regard to Roe. This is very dangerous stuff, ordinary people will shoot each other much more often once this change in the law goes into effect. Stupid arguments will result in fatalities. Carrying a gun, with the power of life and death over others, is a hell of a responsibility. A lot of people won't guess what they might do until it happens. Momentary loss of impulse control will result in people dying. Not everyone can handle walking around with a gun. Will New York City become the wild, wild west? Maybe that was the intent of the right-wing crowd that has now ruled that in every encounter with a stranger that we have we'll need to assume that the stranger is carrying a gun.
There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even though the gag rule was lifted in 2002. However, there is the Internet! There are mailing lists which you can subscribe to and Web based message boards devoted to WBAI and Pacifica issues. Many controversial WBAI/Pacifica issues are discussed on these lists.
One open list that no longer exists was the WBAI-specific
Goodlight Web based message board. It was sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as
the bleepin' blue board, owing to the blue background that was used on its Web pages. This one had many people posting anonymously and there was also an ancillary
WBAI people board that was just totally out of hand.
In June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I was the moderator on it for its last seven years, until it got too expensive.
Sometimes we used to have live interaction with people posting on the
Goodlight Board during the program.
Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Saturday Morning With the Radio On used to alternate with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
There used to be a number of mailing lists related to Pacifica and WBAI. Unfortunately, they were all located on Yahoo! Groups. When Yahoo! Groups was totally shut down in December 2020, all of those mailing lists ceased to exist. One year earlier their file sections and archives of E-mails, had been excised leaving only the ability to send E-mails back and forth among the members. Now it's all gone. Older Back of the Book program Web pages tell a little more about those lists.
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